Who we are
Mark Riley and Richard Ekodeu (formerly with Sunrise OVC) worked together to roll-out the principles of the Framework, train district staff and carried out the baseline study from December 2011 to May 2012. During this time it become apparent that there was a need for a more flexible and dedicated resource to support central government, district officials and civil society in promoting and implementing resettlement and Alternative Care solutions in line with Ugandan law and best practices.
In December 2012 Alternative Care Initiatives was formally issued with a NGO licence, with Mark and Richard as founder members. The organization operates with very low overheads and uses trusted, experienced and qualified associates on a project-by-project basis therefore reducing the need for expensive full-time employees.
Caroline Bankusha was a respected Probation and Social Welfare Officer in Kampala for 15 years finishing in 2012. Caroline has been a big supporter of the Alternative Care Framework and has assisted in its development. Caroline sits on the Alternative Care Panel for Kampala and provides advice, guidance and training on child protection and child placements.
Solomon Lukenge manages the organisation's accounts and the office facilities. Lillian Hope manages the day-to-day running of the ACI office in Kampala, organises workshops and other events. Mai Nambooze leads the Uganda Care Leaver project.
In addition, there are a number of staff members working in the field on resettlement and family support projects.